Celebrate rock festival history at Milo McIver Aug. 8 (2015)
Rock and roll band Steelhead headlines the 45th anniversary celebration of the original Vortex rock concert held August 1970 at Milo McIver State Park. Exploring Vortex I: Music in the Park is set for Aug. 8, 3-8 p.m. in the Vortex Meadows.
Bring the family for face painting, hula hooping, tie dying and bubble blowing. The celebration also includes a photo display and movie theater, storytelling, and photo and comic vendors. Local author Matt Love will welcome the crowd and lead a guided walking tour. If you’re hungry, Lew’s BBQ will be on-site.
Reminder — Although drinking alcoholic beverages is allowed in the park, using marijuana isn’t. The statute says recreational marijuana is prohibited in parks. See whatslegaloregon.com for more information.
Were you at Vortex 1? Bring any photos of the 1970 event and have them scanned and added to the Vortex archive. Your photos will be returned on the spot. Volunteers will also record anyone interested in sharing their Vortex stories, which will be shared with the Estacada Community Library.
Vortex I remains the only state-sponsored rock festival in American history, and was a novel concept in 1970, when both Woodstock and the Kent State shootings were forefront in Americans’ minds. Then Governor Tom McCall made history by partnering with antiwar demonstrators to organize a concert at the park to avoid conflict in downtown Portland during a scheduled visit of President Nixon.
This event is open to the public, and donations will be accepted to fund a permanent monument in Vortex Meadow. Day-use parking is $5.
Milo McIver State Park (park information, map and driving directions)